Bead All About It: Spring’s Newest Accessory

Forget the jewelry – this trend has enough beads to go around

Snowballing from the embellishment trend that surfaced last fall, intricate beading promises to garnish all kinds of separates this spring, from dresses and skirts to scarves and tanks. Drawing inspiration from countries like India and Russia, these ornate accents are perfect for achieving a fully accessorized look without ever having to load on the baubles. Low maintenance and easy glam? This is a trend I can get behind.

BLG-1253 Boutique Support- Curated Spring Dresses

 

Our Take It for a Spin: Airy Dresses for Spring Boutique opens Saturday, February 9, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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February 9, 2013

Corporate Survival 101

Tips and tricks for the modern businessman

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6AM: Early morning run. Resolutions aren’t so hard to keep when the music (literally) plays to your own beat.

7AM: Choose a room-commanding power suit (just follow GQ’s tips for each body type) and remember to add accessories. Cuff links and accent socks go a long way.

8AM: Grab a cup of coffee and get to the office early to crush it.

9:30AM: Client meetings all morning. Although this is run-of-the-mill, don’t forget to brush up on your meeting skills to keep things running smoothly.

12PM: Conduct a meeting with senior management. Just don’t forget the fundamentals of business.

1PM: Lunch with the guys. Get away from the office for a quick bite, a walk, anything to help you clear your mind for an hour or so. Studies show that leaving your cube helps you think outside the box.

2PM: Take a client call and work on proposals and paperwork. This time also usually includes tweeting. That’s right – businessmen tweet, too.

6PM: Happy hour with coworkers and dinner on the town. Swap your office attire for a more casual button-down before heading out (yes, this requires planning ahead). Go for something with a fun, printed cuff to stand out from the sea of suits.

Our Workplace Warriors: Men’s Suiting Essentials Boutique opens Saturday, January 12, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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January 12, 2013

The (Matte) Jersey Girl

It’s like your favorite tee (only way more chic)

We all have that favorite shirt – whether it’s your old, perfectly worn-in lacrosse tee from college, a passed-down sweatshirt from your older sister, or a beyond-soft top you discovered in that hole-in-the-wall store. But usually, that comfort-inducing top is not the most stylish (unless you consider a belted, oversized Red Sox tee a street-chic ensemble). Luckily, the Fashion Gods took matte jersey and turned it into a figure-flattering dress that’s as comfortable as it is versatile.

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Add sparkly heels and a stack of bangles, tall boots and simple studs, flats and an infinity scarf – who cares how you wear it, just wear it. All. The. Time.

Our Fresh Material: The Matte Jersey Dress Boutique opens on Saturday, January 12 at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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January 10, 2013

Date Night: The Men’s Guide to Festive Dressing

 

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, dating around the holidays is unlike any other time of year. Here are some foolproof looks for any rendezvous you might have planned during this festive season.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of ballet, seeing The Nutcracker with someone can be a really romantic and enjoyable evening. Especially when followed by champagne at intermission and a fancy dinner. Keep your look semiformal with a blazer, slacks or dark denim, a dress shirt, and maybe even a tie (possibly a red tartan one).

Blind Date with Your Mother’s Colleague’s Cousin
It’s the season for merriment and yes, blind dates. Often set up by well-meaning family members, these potentially awkward meetings call for an outfit that’s date-appropriate, but isn’t trying too hard. Try straight-leg denim, a button-front shirt, and a neutral-hued V-neck sweater to make a dapper impression.

The Holiday Party
The key is to not show up wearing a hand-knit holiday number a la Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Diary (bonus points if you got that reference). Keep the festive revelry subtle with a couple of nice touches, like an appropriately colored tie or sweater. The rest of your ensemble should be simple and neutral, e.g. dark pants and a white dress shirt.

Ice Skating
Whether you’re a pro or not, ice skating is a perfect date for the holiday season. It’s active, fun, and you get to treat yourself to some delicious hot chocolate afterward. Bundle up to stay warm (without looking like a snowman) with straight-leg denim, a cozy plaid button-front shirt, chunky sweater, and warm wool socks.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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December 12, 2012